A warm welcome to the West Midlands - home to some of the UK’s most prominent universities. Not only is the area a great place to study, but it also offers everything a student could want from nights on the town to nights of fine culture and fine food. It is also, importantly, a relatively safe place to study.
The police in the UK are friendly and helpful, have a duty to protect everyone and can always be safely approached; West Midlands Police is committed to helping you reduce your risk of crime to ensure that you enjoy your stay and studies here as much as possible. We work very closely in partnership with all the universities, their international offices, and their students’ unions and to promote and reinforce safety for all students.
We know that coming to a new country can be daunting so here below is some useful information to help you settle and answer any questions you may have:
Personal Safety Advice
The British Council has published a booklet called 'Comfort Zone’ specifically for International Students which contains lots of useful advice about living in the UK and about how to help reduce the risk you are at from crime. Download your Personal Safety Guide.
House Hunting Advice
For information about house hunting please see the house hunting checklist.
You are likely to meet your local police officers during your orientation period; they are there to help you!
Police Registration: use this link for useful information on how, and if you need to register with the police whilst you are studying here.
Your own international office can also provide you with a whole range of information and advice.
If you have any queries regarding anything to do with personal safety and crime reduction you can contact your designated police officer (for their information click University Contacts).